World No 126 Brit won in straight sets to move into third round of Aegon International
HEATHER WATSON notched one of the biggest wins of her career by dumping world No 9 Dominika Cibulkova out of Eastbourne.
Watson, whose ranking of No 126 left her needing a wildcard to get into the Wimbledon main draw next week, won 7-5 6-4 to move into the third round of the Aegon International.
The British No 3 had only once before beaten a top 10 player, when she overcame Agnieszka Radwanksa, then the world No 8, in Indian Wells in March 2015.
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Watson said: “It doesn’t really matter who I am playing against just now. I just want to get through rounds to the latter stages of tournaments.
“I was really pleased to get to the final of Surbiton, even though it was a 100k, I was proud of myself. I’m just glad to be winning consecutive matches in a tournament here.
“She is a great player, great competitor. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. She really pushed me at the end there and I got shaken a little.
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“I kept fighting and I was able to close it out. That gave me a lot of confidence.”
There was further British success when Cameron Norrie, who has also been given a wildcard into the first round at Wimbledon, beat world No 49 Horacio Zeballos to claim his first ATP Tour-level win.